Moving to Mountain Home AFB, Idaho he...

Moving to Mountain Home AFB, Idaho help wanted

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Since: Aug 08

San Angelo, TX

#1 Aug 27, 2008
Just got orders to be stationed at MH and I know absolutely nothing about it and I don't consider myself an complete outdoor person but I think that might have to change...any info on off-base housing, elementary schools, things to do, entertainment, weather, closest civilization/Walmart, anything that will help me my family appreciate the wide open spaces of Idaho would help.
some gal

Picabo, ID

#2 Sep 26, 2008
Mountain home is a bad place for AF kids. There are a lot of drug and gang problems from adult gangs based out of Nampa and Caldwell. The schools kick them out as quick as they can. Good place for hunting, bad place for raising kids. The parents don't know each other, or know who their kids are with. No funding for kids programs.
Welcome to Mountain Home

Pullman, WA

#3 Oct 1, 2008
My husband and I moved here in June, we just moved on base really bad exp with in town renting make sure you have a military clause in your lease if you plan to live off base just to protect yourself if renting isnt working for you.Not to mention we lived right next door to a police officer and we had problems with people steeling our gas from our cars twice, and an attempted break in, all in only 4 months.
For the outdoors my best advice to you is find friends who know idaho,they can take you to really nice spots. And if your looking for good food and fun go to Boise, you dont find any of that in mountain home. They say it grows on you. I'm Waiting for that moment.
Niki OReilly

Pullman, WA

#4 Oct 30, 2008
Wow! I'm sorry you were greeted with such negative comments about Mountain Home. By now you are here and I hope your experience has been much nicer than is was for the people who answered you. As with many other retired military in the area, my husband and I have been stationed all over the world and the U.S. and chose to retire in Mountain Home because we love it here. The country is beautiful and the people are warm and friendly. Check out and take advantage of MWR and the Outdoor Adventure programs as well as the Housing Referral Office on base. If you make the effort to seek it out, you will find there is a wide variety of things to do in town, as well as in Boise and the surrounding areas. Here's hoping you have a great assignment here.
Brian

Pullman, WA

#5 Oct 31, 2008
Wow. I too also want to greet you with a much more positive note than the first two respondants. I moved here 4 years ago with my wife and 2x boys (then 3 and 6) and we have really enjoyed our time here. We bought a home and put our oldest in public school. North Elementary has been great with individual attention paid to our son when he needed it. The town is small, but very Norman Rockwell-esk. As with any assignment it is all in how you approach it. Be positive and take advantage of what life in a small town has to offer. I hope you enjoy your tour.
-Brian
Coming rond de mountain

AOL

#6 Jan 7, 2009
I too, am relocating to Mountain Home AFB in February, just 4 months after losing my husband, and only a year and a half in Nevada.
I am a single mother (widowed) with 3 children.
one son has been diagnosed with ADD and my other son has Aspergers. My daugher who is the oldest at 13 is very edgy about once again having to change schools, and had gotten used to the schools in Vegas and now is troubled once again about being the new kid.
Please tell me about any programs in the area for children and I would like to know about the schools and if they allow children with disbilities to attend the public schools.
Thanks for any info you can give me.
I appreciate any input or ideas. Thanks!
My opinion

Kennewick, WA

#7 Feb 6, 2009
I just got here and I absolutely love it! EVERYONE is so, so friendly and I love how clean and picturesque the town is. The base is nice and the school has been great so far to my oldest baby. We have yet to know our way completely around but we are enjoying it so far. I hear there is a really good soccer program off base and I'll be on my way to sign my child up. It's always hard to move and we are planning this one to be our last. A few years for us to retire...

Since: Feb 09

Kennewick, WA

#8 Feb 27, 2009
My husband and I have just moved to Mt.Home after being over seas for two years and we're finding the town to be very friendly, if your looking for a place to rent, there's plenty, if you want to buy the time couldn't be better. There is a Walmart but you might want to take a look at some of the smaller businesses, this is the town that huge chain stores forgot. The street names can be confusing so take your time looking around the town. Well if you need to know more send me a Reply. My husband nor myself had a sponsor when we came here so we had to find some stuff out on our own
jenn_here

Pullman, WA

#9 Mar 10, 2009
Well this is my OPINION...the population here is a little over 11,000 of which almost 7,000 of that is Military. Some people stationed here live in Boise, off base, or on base. Living on base has its ups and downs...mostly freedom is a downfall but security is GREAT! The base is about a 15 minute drive from the actual town of Mtn Home. There are some great houses here! You have to drive around to find them! Take back roads i mean. The town seems run down and is very small. We have no big name restaraunts. A McDonalds(2), subway, wendys,jack in the box, KFC and Arbys...We have a walmart(1) a maurices which is a womans clothing store. A dollar general, dollar store a sears APPLIANCE store and jc penny APPLIANCE store...not ur typical stores. a couple of movie rental places. a radio shack. pauls is the grocery store theres albertsons. pretty much everything just to get by. a dominios and a pizza hut...which pizza hut does not deliver on base...theres a diner called grindes diner which is pretty good...everyone here obviously knows everybody(well the people from here). the dmv consists of 3 waiting chairs and no taking a number...very small town here. Theres a few bars here. The rodeo, which has a mechanical bull and is pretty fun. 2 pool tables...not really a dance floor but has a couple of stripper poles and is really fun if you go with a group! for some reason tho, not a lot of people go there. You can usually find everyone at Charlies...it has a dance floor, pool tables,2 bars...and its downtown so you can walk to kurleys bar and go between the two...theres a lot more to do in Boise obviously, and you will "eventually" get use to the one hour drive from base...you can find restaraunts, shopping malls, basically everything youre probably use to. They have hockey games at the quest arena, BSU games at the stadium...They have a ski resort bogus basin which is pretty sweet and has great military rates...moving from alaska to here was kinda a joke bc everyone chaulked this place to be great for the outdoors but comming from AK how much greater does it get :) I agree with another person that said as with any base, its how you look at it going into it. If you have it in your head that it sucks, then its gonna suck. My only advice is get out and see everything you can at each base no matter how bad you may think it is...it is what you make of it!!! Good Luck to everyone out there and Thank Every Military Personal out there for what you do!
Command Chief

Pullman, WA

#10 Apr 5, 2009
Contact your sponsor or me the Command Chief we will help.
New Officer

United States

#11 Jun 3, 2009
I too am moving to Mountain Home in August. I'm excited and can't wait to check it out. This is my first assignment, so I don't really know what to expect. Thanks for all the input!
Panick

Coudersport, PA

#12 Jul 31, 2009
AF Honor Guard - Spot 1 wrote:
Just got orders to be stationed at MH and I know absolutely nothing about it and I don't consider myself an complete outdoor person but I think that might have to change...any info on off-base housing, elementary schools, things to do, entertainment, weather, closest civilization/Walmart, anything that will help me my family appreciate the wide open spaces of Idaho would help.
My Family and I moved to Mt. HOme in April, yes this place is desolate and the job market sucks. We actually live on base, they have a lot of new housing and I actually ended up in the older housing that used to be officers quarters and they are rather nice. The area, not so bad, My son goes to school in Mt. Home and he catches a bus in the mornings. He doesn't have any issues with people and seemed to like school. If you drive about an hour to Boise, there is actually a lot to do there being a college town. Just depends on what you make of it. Good Luck and try to enjoy!!
MJJ

Montgomery, AL

#13 Aug 20, 2009
I've lived in Alaska for 15 years and my husband has lived between Nome, Alaska, and Anchorage his whole life. We have 2 daughters, 1yr &7yrs. Seriously considering moving to Mountain Home. Very nervous. Overall, is it a good place to live and have a family??? You're right, for outdoors it doesnt get much better than Alaska but I am sick of the cold, the lack of seasons, and the darkness. Is it really similiar to Alaska as I've heard, minus the dark and 4 seasons? As much info as you can give is SOOOOOO helpful!
Lvninparadise

Barrigada, Guam

#14 Dec 1, 2009
Well, some of you have very bad reviews for MH but i lived in the area for about 20 years and it is not that bad. Crime rate is about normal for any place these days and the schools are great. I prefer North Elementary as their parent involvement seems greater than the others. There is plenty to do there and in surrounding areas. The people are very friendly and helpful. I hope you all have a wonderful stay and can call it home!
Airman Wife

Biloxi, MS

#15 Sep 9, 2010
My husband and I are bring stationed at Mountain Home this fall and Im more nervous than I thought. What can you tell me about the housing, location, and base?
Coraline

AOL

#16 Oct 12, 2010
I can tell you the first two posters certainly are a little down on the town but they speak the truth. Our family could not wait to escape Mountain Home which surprised the hell out of friends of ours who had been stationed here about 15 years before.
Obviously the town has changed and not for the better.
My girls could not stand the high school and there are a lot of kids there on drugs. When my daughters were invited to a party in town a couple weeks after starting school they came home in tears because they were offered drugs and because they said no to the drugs and alcohol "the townies" got on them so badly my daughters fled.
Now. my twin girls are not innocent by any means, and have found themselves in trouble as all teens do, but I believe that because there is not a whole lot for the kids in town to do, they turn to drugs and alcohol for their regular recreation.
I was not at all pleased with the high school here and could not wait till we were transferred out of there. Thank the good Lord we were only in Mountain home for less than two years because it certainly was not as it was described by our friends who had been there years before.
Boise isn't all it's cracked up to be either and again, I believe it's because of where these kids come from.
What happened to football games, dances, and school sponsored trips?
When we got to CA it was the complete opposite and my husband put in complaints with his higher ups about the condition of the town and the schools and hopes the base is able to get the town to clean itself up.
I heard they may be closing down the base there and I think that is the best thing the military could do for that town.
Goodbye Mountain Home and good luck to you that are just starting out there.
Keep your doors and windows locked and keep a close watch on your kids.
That's the best I can give you!
Good luck and may God be with you.
Retired air force wife

Meridian, ID

#17 Oct 28, 2010
Airman Wife wrote:
My husband and I are bring stationed at Mountain Home this fall and Im more nervous than I thought. What can you tell me about the housing, location, and base?
My husband and I moved here in 1996. It is not as bad as people are making it out to be. We have lived in base housing and now own a home. If you always look at the negative you will not like it. Every base we have lived has had good and bad things. It was a great place to raise our daughter. She grew up to be a wonderful young women. As for the teens getting into a lot of trouble I say to parents, it is not the teachers job to teach your child right from wrong. Any good parent will know who, where, and what there child is doing. Yes it is a small community. The town every year throws a big party for the military. The feed the town for free, and the food is awesome. The housing market right now is a buyers market. As with any rental make sure you have military clause in lease. You will need to do this with any town. Good luck on your move.
Stuck Here

Boise, ID

#18 Apr 12, 2011
The base is absolutely awful. It's trying to better itself but it's desolate, in the middle of nowhere, and we've been stuck here our entire career which soured our whole outlook. There isn't much to the town, not much shopping, and a lacking job market. The restaurants pretty much suck more than ever. Get used to liking Arby's or McDonalds. Don't go to the base doctors..they are the worst ever. The poor little hospital is a failure. We've had nothing but bad experiences and complaints. It is not a close knit community or a good town. If you here that it is then its from people who have lived here forever and block out any bit of change or improvement.
Stuck in Mountain Home

Emmett, ID

#19 Jun 16, 2011
Welcome to Mountain Home wrote:
My husband and I moved here in June, we just moved on base really bad exp with in town renting make sure you have a military clause in your lease if you plan to live off base just to protect yourself if renting isnt working for you.Not to mention we lived right next door to a police officer and we had problems with people steeling our gas from our cars twice, and an attempted break in, all in only 4 months.
For the outdoors my best advice to you is find friends who know idaho,they can take you to really nice spots. And if your looking for good food and fun go to Boise, you dont find any of that in mountain home. They say it grows on you. I'm Waiting for that moment.
I thought this would be a good opportunity to take my, then 14yr old, son out of "the valley" Southern CA to a small town...Military...must be upstanding community...couldn't be issues like So.Cal. My son asked me "where did you bring me to? I had never seen or heard of so many drugs except in Dare class" Anyhow, that was 9 years ago, he is currently incarcerated for the next 4 years in Idaho State Correctional Institute for drug issues. I am still waiting for that moment when this place will "grow" on me. So far I think I've aged 20 years in the past 10...maybe that's why my Hubby thinks we needed to "retire" here...ugghhhh.
screw all you haters

Mountain Home, ID

#20 Sep 28, 2011
I have lived in Mtn Home my whole life. I am not from the military. The few of you that said the crime rate is high, and the kids are all on drugs are full of SHIT. Lady, maybe your twin daughters are punks and hanging out with the wrong crowd! Just like any place, there are the good kids and the bad kids. sounds like your kids are the bad ones. As for the crime, i grew up leaving my keys in the ignition of my car and still do. I have never had it stolen nor have I had anyone ever break into my home. I think you people were unhappy with the place you got stationed so you tried to look for anything bad you could. Go back to the place you came from Mtn. Home doesn't want you types.

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